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Delhi University’s Girl’s Hostel Under Water, As Are Other Parts of the City

Delhi University’s Girl’s Hostel Under Water, As Are Other Parts of the City

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A girl tries to wade through water at the P.G. Women's Hostel in Delhi University. The students at DU this year are the worst hit beginning with the half hearted introduction of the semester system--in some courses--by the administration, which never went well with the lecturers, to being evacuated from the hostels for the Commonwealth Games 2010, to breathing in dust filled air and walking on broken footpaths and mudslides owing to the CWG construction and now the wrath of the monsoon and an annoyed river for the city's governing agencies' disrespect for Nature and the Yamuna River and its floodplain.
The Opening Ceremony of Delhi’s Pandora’s Box!

The Opening Ceremony of Delhi’s Pandora’s Box!

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Fireworks? Nah, an overloaded electric pole could hold it no more, in North Delhi's Vijay Nagar colony. World class city (if there's such a thing) will take more than a CWG in its making! Earlier this year during the month of March, I met with the wife of a foreign dignitary who was recently posted in Delhi. It was her first visit to India and she expressed her interest to tour the country in the coming days and learn more about the culture and tradition of the people. I told her, when she asked me what was the best thing about India, that it is the diversity one finds here which makes India an exciting and interesting place. She narrated how her father who visited India decades ago had told her about the cows and other animals that roam freely on the roads. She said it was hard for he...
Bridge Collapses, Lets Ensure the Games Don’t

Bridge Collapses, Lets Ensure the Games Don’t

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..and stop the corruption, and incompetence and what not. The last of the 'Shera' is at stake. It is no longer difficult to understand why big projects like the ones meant to save the tiger don't really work effectively. I am shocked by the collapse of a foot over bridge just about a week before the Commonwealth Games. I am angry at all those who are responsible for the construction of the games infrastructure including this specific foot over bridge. What angers me even more is the explanation that ‘it was a loose screw that caused it’. I am resentful of all those people who are associated with the Games infrastructure, those who ‘made’ the money and those who ‘gave’ the money to cut corners in the quality of construction. I am resentful of all those who were not able to complete the a
Benefits of Commonwealth Games Overridden by Delays in Preparation and Extended Monsoon

Benefits of Commonwealth Games Overridden by Delays in Preparation and Extended Monsoon

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At Dilli Haat: Rain brings business to a standstill Drive on the road that goes straight from Dilli Haat--across AIIMS flyover--all the way to Qutub Minar and other key heritage sites of touristic interest in Delhi, and the broken-potholed road does not let you believe that in less than two week's time, Delhi will be hosting the 19th Commonwealth Games. The half-constructed Metro Stations are no less a disappointment. Corruption has already marred the Games spirit and crumbling infrastructure which breaks down as it is being laid down has already kept many from the sporting fraternity as well as tourists away. And now its almost as if the Rain Gods have decided to punish the authorities for the delayed preparations and the reported corruption in the system. Getting the opportunity to...
Global Protest Indicate Not All Are Game for the Games

Global Protest Indicate Not All Are Game for the Games

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A woman worker along with her children at the CWG 2010 Games site in DU In a very clear statement made by Mike Hooper, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Federation, the worm that has been infesting the CWG and other sporting mega events like the Olympics seem to have almost come out in the open. According to him, the Games' organisers need to focus on issues that affect the athletes i.e., the Games Village, transport, security and smooth running of the actual sporting events. He said, "If you get those sorts of key issues right, then I think we have got a very good chance of the athletes at the end of the Games looking back and saying 'we had a great time’. That is the target, that is the objective - the Games are for the athletes of the commonwealth." And in doing so, he
From Common Wealth to Common Health

From Common Wealth to Common Health

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Dragonflies: once abundant across Delhi, are now restricted to few pockets. Known to devour the mosquito larva, they are good malaria inspectors. As the Commonwealth Games are approaching, the city is almost gearing up with the preparations. In the process of making the Games fruitful and a memorable event, various developmental projects have been undertaken. Large number of constructions, digging has been seen all over the city in the past months. The tremendous digging and caving of the roads, delayed timelines & missed deadlines, added to it heavy monsoon that has hit the city has all led to a major disease outbreak in Delhi. Construction sites get filled with rain water and remain water logged and become breeding ground for vector borne and water borne diseases. After corruption...
The Commonwealth Express at Secunderabad Railway Station

The Commonwealth Express at Secunderabad Railway Station

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Captured on August 16, 2010, the Commonwealth Express (CWG) train which was flagged off from Delhi June 24 stands at the Secunderabad Railway Station. The train aims at spreading the spirit of the Games and motivates youth across the country to participate in various sports. The exhibition train comprises 11 coaches. While five coaches feature rare CWG memorabilia, the remaining six are devoted to showcasing Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Secunderabad, which is the twin city of Hyderabad, is the 26th stop-over for the train, During its 101-day journey, the special train will travel through 21 states and three union territories, stopping at 49 major stations before returning to Delhi on October 2, well on time before the scheduled start off date of October 3, 2010...
Students at Delhi University Protest Against the Commonwealth Games

Students at Delhi University Protest Against the Commonwealth Games

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The University Community for Democracy (UCD), an independent forum setup to speak out against the shrinking democratic space has initiating a relay hunger strike from 9 am to 9 pm, starting 12th August, 2010. This is taking place at  Arts Faculty Main gate (Opp. Science Faculty), North Campus. Each day there will be five people (teachers, students and researchers) who will be on a hunger strike, as well as many others who will sit in solidarity with them. The UCD has been challenging a number of decisions taken by both Delhi University and the Delhi Government with regard to the Commonwealth Games 2010 for over a month now. The Forum is deeply concerned by the gross violations of rights that the city has witnessed in the name of the Games and condemns the irresponsible manner
Delhi Monsoon and the Commonwealth Games 2010

Delhi Monsoon and the Commonwealth Games 2010

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It is raining debates and discussions in the parliament since the Monsoon Session of the Rajya Sabha rolled off. The hottest topic so far has been the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2010 and price hike. The opposition has built strong arguments around CWG and the ongoing constructions have flushed away many a foundations of the UPA Government. Adding to this, what seems like the voice of the ‘aam aadmi’ is the declaration of the Congrees’ own Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar that he would be happy if the "Games are spoilt". Coming out of the Monsoon Session, Mr. Aiyar told the media, “I am very happy with the rains, firstly because it will ensure a good agriculture for the country and secondly because it will ensure that the Commonwealth Games are spoilt". Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar seems to have gi
CM Shiela Dixit Launches Online Youth Portal

CM Shiela Dixit Launches Online Youth Portal

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With an objective of mobilizing the Delhi youth and involving them under the existing Bhagidari scheme of the Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Chief Minister Shiela Dixit recently launched YouthPortal.in. With "connect for change" as its punchline, the portal is a socio-entrepreneurial venture aiming to connect young ideas for social change through the Internet. The Bhagidari initiative, started by Hon'ble Chief Minister has constantly endeavored to promote citizen's partnership in governance. It has over the years grown from 20 Citizen Groups to more than 2300 as of today. With the launch of the portal, in partnership with The Electronic Youth Media Group, the CM believes that, "the city's youth can collaborate their ideas online for enabling change on ground and continuously work towards improv